Question of the Week #66: Favorite Poets
This week includes World Poetry Day and the birthday of beloved American poet Robert Frost. Who is your favorite poet? Why?
Billy Collins all the way. Very accessible poetry, by that I mean understandable, hilarious, thought-provoking and so much more.
Mar 22, 2010 12:12 pm
Today is Billy Collins birthday, and he is one of my favorites also.
Mar 22, 2010 6:01 pm
Edna St. Vincent Millay is my favorite poet. She wrote as passionately as she lived.
Mar 23, 2010 12:38 pm
I must say that my favorite poet is Louise Bennett-Coverly (Jamaican folklorist, poet, and radio and television personality) ... An excerpt :
Bans a Killin
by Miss Lou (from Aunty Roachy Seh)
So yuh a de man me hear bout!
Ah yuh dem seh dah teck
Whole heap a English oat seh dat
yuh gwine kill dialec!
Meck me get it straight, mas Charlie,
For me no quite understan
Yuh gwine kill all English dialec
Or jus Jamaica one?
Mar 24, 2010 2:42 pm
Tennyson for the line from Ulysses -
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
Mar 24, 2010 3:22 pm
Shakespeare tops my list because about a dozen of his sonnets have haunted me throughout my adult life. More than any other writer he seems to speak directly to me.
Mar 27, 2010 6:36 pm
my favorite is robert desnos, brilliant french surrealist poet of love and resistance
Mar 28, 2010 12:19 am
I've loved John Clare since I was a child. His works on nature and the countryside are beautiful and well-known, but his angonising poetry on his "madness" really touches me too.
Very interesting life and reaction to the social history of the time (enclosures) and English countryside.
Mar 28, 2010 9:56 am
Donald Hall, Kay Ryan and CD Wright
Mar 29, 2010 8:05 pm
William Wordsworth for his poem "Lucy Gray". It is such a beautiful poem.
Apr 3, 2010 7:39 am
I Like: John Ashbery
Just Because Turandot and Other Poems seems not to have attracted much notice, but Alfred Corn subsequently included its publication in a list of the most important events 'in the history of twentieth century avant-garde art'.
Apr 6, 2010 10:19 am
Hard to choose. For modern day poets, I love Billy Collins, too....but nobody touches me like Mary Oliver does. I also love spoken word poets and think Shane Koyczan one of the best.
Apr 11, 2010 6:57 pm